It’s easy to confuse hyperactivity with productivity especially if you are the hyper one. But most hyper people types are not very productive. Here are a few ways to find out if you are among them.
- Hyper people are more busy than productive. Being busy is the highest form of lazy: If your busy schedule isn’t getting you closer to your goal then you are wasting time and money. This is known as jumping off the cliff and building your wings on the way down. Decisions are made out of excessive urgency, emotion, and fear—they lack logic, patience, rationale, and reason.
This behavior is usually associated with emotionally driven people who operate out of the limbic region of the brain as opposed to the rational mind. Emotionally driven people think in the instant not the constant. In other words, they live and act in the immediate while at the same time focusing on the future (#8). There is no planning, pre-planning or methodology. An emergency is defined by how they feel in that moment. Rather than prioritizing, hyperactive people weigh everything on a scale of emotional importance; “I feel like Bob will be angry if I don’t get this done now” as opposed to “Bob needs to wait and learn to recognize the importance of me following through with my decisions for other people.”
- Hyper people fire buckshot instead of bullets. People who tend towards hyper-action are associated with buckshot styled behavior. Their method of firing is to use a sawed-off shotgun, wear a blindfold, and fire in the direction of the target. They believe that one of those bb’s is bound to hit something. This method of shooting is one of the poorest methods for actually hitting a target. The reason why this method is employed is because it takes too much energy and patience to plan.
A sniper is different—they use a rifle, which is far more accurate. They take the time to adjust the scope (shotguns don’t have a scope), measure the wind speed, anchor the tripod, and breath correctly before pulling the trigger. This requires more patience and more time, but you can hit a bull’s eye from two hundred yards with one bullet. In the long run, time is saved because you don’t waste time having to do fire over and over again before hitting your target.
- Hyper people are impatient. What many hyperactive people fail to realize is that patience saves time. This is the typical turtle and the hare. Inconsistency, impatience, and scattered thinking are strong signs of hyperactive behavior. Although hyperactive people sport enormous flexibility, which can be a real plus in many situations, they become extremely distraught when people, conditions, or things don’t flex with them. And rather than working through this enigma, they will typically throw the ball down and move onto something more exciting and less obstinate.
Stimulation and sensation is what hyperactive people want—they like to experience their work not just do work. Their life is a convertible with the top down and the music blaring. But this type of behavior fights focus. This is why it’s very important that hyperactive people love what they do. If they love what they do, they can become more focused on it. This ensures reliability. If you don’t like what you’re doing then you may want to think about what it might look like to do something else.
- Hyper people are selfish. Those who are overly focused on the self and their own emotional need to “act now” are not thinking of the larger picture. Hyper people are usually motivated by their own need to accomplish things in their own moment not someone else’s.
Their refusal to think beyond the boundaries of their own immediate needs always empowers their own self-interest. They are excessively tuned into what they want, when they want it, and who can accommodate them in accomplishing its retrieval. This often produces isolation as opposed to cooperation from others. Remember, self-pity always agrees with you.
- Hyper people are short sighted. Living in the moment means we cannot experience the future even though we may long for it. Everything becomes important in the moment. This will create the ability to juggle many balls at once. Although several are inevitably dropped, hyper active styles can charm their way out of it or lay blame to someone else for distracting them from their mission.
Prioritizing important duties and letting the less important matters wait their turn will increase effectiveness. Filling our days with more than our share of responsibilities may look good to some people, but in the end will keep you from seeing your way forward with clarity. List your duties and obligations. If they are unreasonable, they are unsustainable. If they are unsustainable, then they won’t be completed and if they are, they will be haphazard additions to your all ready chaotic world—hell is home.
- Hell is home. Hyperactive people don’t necessarily want chaos, but they sure need it. All hyperactive people need chaotic tasks in order to feel productive. It’s like skiing in the avalanche zone just so you can experience the adrenaline rush when trying desperately to dig yourself out when it all caves in. This addiction to action is what keeps them from actually being productive. Typically their productivity is nothing more than the white water produced from fighting off the piranhas—it just looks like a lot is happening.
- Hyper people are poor finishers: Although they are great starters, hyperactive people are very poor finishers. This will result in start-stop-start-stop-start-stop behaviors. Focusing on everything now keeps them from focusing on anything well. Put your eggs in the one basket that works. Use you variety capacity to be creative in doing the same thing in different ways. If you stick with one thing the odds increase you will finish it. A good way to work on this ability is to read one book at a time and finish it before starting a new one.
- Hyper people are future brained. Although they live for immediate results, their brain lives in the future. This is the reason why these styles cannot focus—their focus is expressly divided between now and then. Hyperactivity can be both a gift for some and a curse for others. The difference? Knowing where you stand.